Graduate Certificate of Counselling

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  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    6 months part-time
  • Start date:
    Study intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug & Oct
  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University Online
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Grief Counsellor | Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | Student Counsellor | View All

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Course Rundown

Rewarding. Challenging. Life-changing. A career in counselling is all of these things – and more! 

Want to make a real difference for others? An online Graduate Certificate of Counselling with Edith Cowan University can kickstart your career in helping people live their most empowered lives. 

100% online, this certificate explores the foundational theories and techniques of counselling. 

You’ll take away skills for delivering counselling across a range of modalities. Topics covered include developing a person-centred approach, working at the cultural interface, and reflective practices.

In demand across a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work and teaching, counselling skills can be applied to a broad range of cultural groups, clients, and professional settings.

This course lays the foundation for a career in counselling. Continue on to complete a Masters to become a full-time counsellor. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a country specified in the Admissions Policy (with preference given to degrees relating to 'helping professions');
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Foundations of Counselling Practice 
  • Theories and Techniques in Counselling 
  • The Role of the Counsellor 



Edith Cowan University is consistently rated in the top Australian universities for student experience and teaching quality and ranked #9 in the world for quality education in 2020.

Accessible, Flexible and Accelerated: Study anywhere, anytime with our flexible online format delivered in accelerated mode, allowing you to earn your degree and put your skills into practice sooner.

Fully Supported: Be supported throughout your study journey by a personal Student Success Advisor and online learning community of like-minded students and friendly, accessible staff.

Job-Ready Skills, Relevant to Industry: Gain a wide range of skills, identified and designed by industry experts, to meet the complex and evolving needs of the industry. Our accelerated program means you graduate and put your skills into practice sooner than traditional part-time study options.

Edith Cowan University provides ongoing support to all students enrolled in online courses that encourages them to reach their potential.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Certificate of Counselling from Edith Cowan University.

Apply the new skills to your current profession or continue on to complete a Masters open up your options as a full-time counsellor in various fields.

Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The full fee for this course is $10,200.

FEE-HELP is available for this course. Enquire now for more information.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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